B.C.'s Prosecution Service
The Vision - Courageous, Fair and Efficient – a Prosecution Service that has the confidence of the public
As an integral part of the Ministry of Justice, the Criminal Justice Branch will deliver on its core responsibilities in a manner that safeguards prosecutorial independence, and supports an effective justice system through communication, collaborative effort and innovation. The Branch’s core responsibilities include: (1) approving and conducting criminal and regulatory prosecutions; (2) initiating and responding to appeals; (3) providing criminal law advice to government; (4) developing policies and procedures on the administration of criminal justice; (5) liaising with the media and the public on prosecution matters; and (6) any other function or responsibility assigned to the Branch by the Attorney General.
Prosecution files are managed as one part of the overall criminal justice system:
Independence of Crown Counsel
As mandated under the Crown Counsel Act, Crown counsel make their prosecutorial decisions independent of any outside influence.
November 27, 2013
Stay of Proceedings Directed in Care Home Death
Victoria - In August 2013, John “Jack” Daymouth Furman was charged with second degree murder in the death of William May. Both Mr. Furman and Mr. May were residing in a care facility in Vernon. The Criminal Justice Branch (the "Branch") has concluded that a prosecution against Mr. Furman is no longer required in the public interest. As such, the murder charge was stayed by Crown Counsel in court on November 27, 2013.
October 28, 2013
No Criminal Charge Approved in the Death of Paul Boyd
Victoria - The Criminal Justice Branch, Ministry of Justice, announced that independent Special Prosecutor Mark R. Jetté has concluded that no criminal charge will be approved against Constable Lee Chipperfield of the Vancouver Police Department in connection with the
shooting death of Paul Boyd on August 13, 2007. A Clear Statement explaining the decision of the Special Prosecutor in greater detail is
attached to this release.
October 21, 2013
Crown Files Appeals in Two Cases
Victoria - The Criminal Justice Branch announced today that it has filed appeals on behalf of the Crown with
the Court of Appeal for British Columbia in two separate cases: R. v. A.K. Hecimovic and R. v. D.A. McPherson.
October 15, 2013
Stanley Cup Riot Charge Update
Victoria - The Criminal Justice Branch of the Ministry of Justice, British Columbia’s prosecution service, confirms that charges have been approved and sworn against an additional 19 accused persons in connection with the Stanley Cup Riot on June 15, 2011; 17 adults and 2 young persons.
October 4, 2013
No Charges In Fatal Accident at Craigmont Mine
Victoria - Following thorough reviews of the available evidence by three senior Crown Counsel, the Criminal Justice Branch of the Ministry of Justice has concluded that no criminal charges will be approved in connection with the death of a worker at the Craigmont Mine near Merritt.
September 26, 2013
Appointment of Special Prosecutor - Alleged Violations of the Provincial Election Act
Victoria - The Criminal Justice Branch, Ministry of Justice (the Branch), announced that a Special Prosecutor has been appointed under the Crown Counsel Act, R.S.B.C 1996, c.87, to assist police with an ongoing investigation into alleged contraventions of the provincial Election Act.
August 14, 2013
No Charge Approved in Use of Force Involving Police Dog
Victoria - The Criminal Justice Branch of the Ministry of Justice, British Columbia’s prosecution service, announced that the Branch has not approved any criminal charges against a member of the R.C.M.P. Police Service Dog Unit in connection with the arrest of a male suspect in North Vancouver on December 13, 2012.
August 8, 2013
Charges Approved Against Officer Involved in Cranbrook Shooting
Victoria - The Criminal Justice Branch of the Ministry of Justice, British Columbia’s prosecution service, announced that it has approved charges against Constable Richard Drought of the R.C.M.P in connection with an incident alleged to have occurred in Cranbrook on October 2, 2012. Charges were approved following a review of an investigative report forwarded to the Branch by the Independent Investigations Office.
August 1, 2013
Stanley Cup Riot Charge Update
Victoria - The Criminal Justice Branch, British Columbia’s prosecution service, confirms that charges have been approved and sworn against an additional 29 accused persons, 27 adults and two young persons, in connection with the Stanley Cup riot on June 15, 2011.
July 29, 2013
Criminal Justice Branch Declines Its Consent to Schoenborn's Request for a Transfer to Manitoba
Victoria - The Criminal Justice Branch, Ministry of Justice (the "Branch"), announced that it has declined to provide its consent to Allan Dwayne Schoenborn's request for a transfer to a forensic psychiatric facility in Manitoba. As a result, he will remain at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia pending further review of his detention by the British Columbia Review Board.
July 26, 2013
Special Prosecutor Appointed In Abbotsford Investigation
Victoria - The Criminal Justice Branch of the Ministry of Justice (the “Branch”) announced that Joseph M. Doyle has been appointed as a Special Prosecutor in relation to the matter of Armand Charles Belisle, Dylan Michel Majorel, Jakob Mosterd, and Samantha Dawn Patenaude, B.C. Provincial Court file 79669 – in Abbotsford. The accused are charged in relation to an incident on July 20, 2013 in Abbotsford involving an alleged breaking and entering, and robbery at the residence of Ryan Plecas.
July 22, 2013
No Charge Approved in Use of Force by Police in Port Alberni
Victoria -The Criminal Justice Branch of the Ministry of Justice announced that following a careful analysis of all available evidence, the Branch has decided not to approve any criminal charges against members of the Port Alberni detachment of the R.C.M.P. in connection with the arrest of a female on February 15, 2013.
July 18, 2013
Crown Files Appeal in Three Cases
Victoria - The Criminal Justice Branch, Ministry of Justice, announced that it recently filed appeals on behalf of the Crown with the Court of Appeal for British Columbia in three separate cases. Each case has attracted public attention and/or engages matters of public interest and the Branch considers it appropriate to provide a status update.
July 9, 2013
Update on Status of Bountiful Investigation
Victoria - On July 3, 2013 independent Special Prosecutor Peter Wilson, QC received an investigative report prepared by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (R.C.M.P.) in relation to a portion of their extensive investigation into individuals associated with the community of Bountiful. After consulting with the R.C.M.P. and Mr. Wilson, and in view of the ongoing public attention to matters relating to Bountiful, the Criminal Justice Branch has concluded that it is appropriate to issue a public statement in relation to this development.